Three Men on a Horse (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  21 November 1936 (USA)
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A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.




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Complete credited cast:
Carol Hughes ...
Audrey Trowbridge
Sam Levene ...
Teddy Hart ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Paul Harvey ...
Clarence Dobbins
Moses (as Eddie Anderson)
Virginia Sale ...
Ottola Nesmith ...
Head Nurse (as Tola Nesmith)
Eily Malyon ...
Miss Burns


Erwin Trowbridge is a meek salesman blessed with the ability to predict winners in horse races. Even though he only dopes them out on paper and never actually bets, his wife is suspicious of his interest in horses and he's continuously bullied and browbeaten by his overbearing brother-in-law. Seeking solace in a few drinks in a local saloon, a trio of degenerate Runyonesque gamblers discover his talent and keep him a virtual prisoner in a room above the bar where they pressure him to continue to feed them his picks. Written by

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21 November 1936 (USA)  »

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3 Men on a Horse  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 28, 1943 with Sam Levene reprising his film role. See more »


Frankie: [Betting on Irma Kay, a longshot] Ain't she got a chance?
Gus, a Bookie: Any horse has a chance in a race.
Frankie: Yeah, that's right.
Gus, a Bookie: Except Irma Kay. It ain't moved faster than a trot since it was frightened by the first Model T.
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Referenced in The Odd Couple: Two Men on a Hoarse (1975) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Mabel performs her act for Erwin
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A dated, but still humorous comedy.
15 October 1999 | by (Bon Chon Thailand) – See all my reviews

It's very tame and dated, but there are still more than a few chuckles in this comedy concerning a young man (McHugh) who is having marital and work troubles and ties up with gangsters when they find he has the ability to predict winners at the horse racing track. LeRoy directs at a tight, fast paced clip. McHugh was arguably one of the funniest guys in Hollywood for many decades.

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